Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire: Justin Faulk, Richard Panik, more

by Mike Corcoran on April 19, 2013 @ 17:50:13 PDT


It is the end of the week, which means it is once again time to take a trip through the fantasy hockey waiver wire. If you are reading this, it means you have likely qualified for the fantasy hockey postseason, and this is the most important time of the year for you. There are still plenty of players out there on the waiver wire that can be the difference for your team advancing to the next round, and your roster decisions could be the difference.

Mats Zuccarello, left wing, New York Rangers

The Rangers left wing has scored three goals and an assist in the last two games. It appears that Zuccarello has finally found his scoring touch, something that the Rangers have been hoping for, and it does not hurt that he is currently playing on a line with Brad Richards, even if Richards has had his own struggles this year. Zuccarello is owned in just 1 percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled, and could be a nice addition in deeper fantasy hockey leagues if you are looking to add offense, if he can continue finding the back of the net.

Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes

Justin Faulk, defenseman, Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes defenseman has checked in with points in three straight games, contributing a goal and three assists. If you have read previous Waiver Wire stories, you know how we feel about playing the hot hand on defense and how hard it is to come across defensive players who can contribute points at this stage of the season. Faulk fits that description perfectly with four points in three games. Faulk is owned in just 17 percent of all fantasy leagues polled, and with his current scoring run is worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues looking for a boost on defense.

Richard Panik, left wing, Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning forward has contributed three goals and two assists over the past five games. Panik is one of a number of young players the Lightning has brought up this year and has found his way in the NHL. While there is some concern that Panik could be returned to the AHL, as long as he stays with the big club, he has increased his value in terms of fantasy hockey. Panik also contributed a point with the man advantage, so he is playing in a lot of different situations. The Lightning forward is owned in only 1 percent of all fantasy leagues polled.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard, right wing, Minnesota Wild

Bouchard has contributed points in four straight games, with three goals and an assist. Bouchard appears to have gone hot at the perfect time in terms of fantasy hockey production. Minnesota also is a team that is fighting for their playoff lives in the Western Conference, so Bouchard should have plenty of motivation over the next week. Bouchard is owned in just 3 percent of all fantasy leagues polled.

That will do it for this week's trip through the waiver wire, make sure you check back next week for the Fantasy Hockey Weekly Planner and the Fantasy Hockey Trends, which will help you continue to have success with your fantasy hockey teams in the postseason.

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About Mike Corcoran

Mike Corcoran joined KFFL in 2011 as their senior fantasy hockey writer. The Tarrytown, New York, native hosts a hockey radio show on ESPN Radio in Tampa, and covers the Tampa Bay Lightning professionally.

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